in ,

FOCAL POINT: The Big Draw Festival takes over Lake Mac this October

Lake Mac is getting behind an international celebration of artistic expression this October as part of The 2023 Big Draw Festival.

This year’s festival aims to transform personal experiences into creative works and emphasise the power of drawing as a universal language. From October 1st to 30th, Lake Mac will host events suitable for all ages.

These events will invite participants to explore how they process the world around them through their senses to encourage artists and enthusiasts to dive into the depths of touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell, infusing these sensations into their artistic creations.

Events will be held all over Lake Macquarie at venues like the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima), yapang (MAC yapang), Wangi Creative Hub, and Warners Bay Foreshore.

Aspiring artists can look forward to immersive adult drawing workshops led by accomplished artists and there is a stack of family-friendly drawing activities planned too.

Lake Mac’s Big Draw Festival events are happening across October 2023. Check out the calendar of events below and visit to find out more.

Big Draw: Wangi Wangi – Progressive Postcard Project

Date: 3 October
Location: Wangi Library Creative Hub, wanji wanji

Led by Lake Mac artist in residence, Amy Lees Doherty, this workshop will allow you to sketch a postcard inspired the breathtaking view of Wangi Power Station across the lake.

Big Draw: Stop Motion Lego Art Video

Date: 4 October
Location: The Swansea Centre

Come join us for a thrilling and hands-on workshop inspired by this year’s BIG DRAW theme – Drawing the Senses!

Big Draw: Drawing the Senses

Date: 5 October
Location: Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

Join us at the Museum of Art and Culture on Thursday, October 5th, 2023, for a day of creativity and exploration. Local artist Trevor Dickinson has adorned the museum windows with a mesmerizing temporary mural, and we extend a special invitation for you to come and draw on the glass as well. In addition, we will engage in various warm-up drawing activities that respond to different sounds and smells.

Big Draw: A Taste of Drawing

Date: 6 October
Location: Warners Bay Theatre, baramayiba

Join us at Warner Bay Theatre for an art-making workshop that draws inspiration from the renowned international drawing festival. Get ready to unleash your creativity as you paint your own cookie and learn how to draw your favourite treats.

Artspace Free Family Artmaking

Dates: 10am and 11am | 24 September, 1 and 8 October
Location: Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

Inspired by the Big Draw Festival join us for free family artmaking guided by friendly art museum educators.